How Benign Is Internationalization?

by Jane S. Shaw

Sometimes it’s easy to see just where the Left controls the university — in classes that are blatantly political, through school-sponsored speakers who promote socialistic policies, at politicized on-campus centers, etc. Now there’s a new arena for the Left — internationalization.

While internationalization can include benign elements such as promotion of study abroad, Jay Schalin sees evidence of a growing movement to undermine Western values and institutions under the rubric of teaching “global citizenship.” Schalin discusses the Association of International Education Administrators (AEIA) and its “bible,” the Sage Handbook of International Higher Education, which he describes as an important source of anti-Western attitudes. Nor is the AEIA an isolated organization; it has well-known allies, such as the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AACU) and the American Council on Education (ACE).

The idea that the “globalization” goal in our universities can lead to the promotion of hostility toward the West is something that has been largely ignored. Now it is at least under discussion.